The Monterey CVB (they do Carmel too)

The Monterey CVB (they do Carmel too)

This is what I said when I wrote about the CVB in the New Monterey article… it applies to Carmel etc. as well)The MCCVB team will match your needs to hotel and resort options that include 200 properties and nearly 12,000 guest rooms. Like all of the best CVBs, they save you time by providing complimentary services as the liaison between your group and their member hotels, offering visitor services and registration staff. And one other thing about them… they are really good at what they do. www.seemonterey.com

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The Monterey CVB - See Monterey

The Monterey CVB

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The MCCVB team will match your needs to hotel and resort options that include 200 properties and nearly 12,000 guest rooms. Like all of the best CVBs, they save you time by providing complimentary services as the liaison between your group and their member hotels, offering visitor services and registration staff. And one other thing about them… they are really good at what they do. www.seemonterey.com

The Napa (not just the town) CVB

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The Napa CVB team will match your needs to hotel and resort options that include properties and nearly guest rooms. Like all of the best CVBs, they save you time by providing complimentary services as the liaison between your group and their member hotels, offering visitor services and registration staff. And one other thing about them… they are really good at what they do. https://www.visitnapavalley.com/

Visit SLO CAL San Luis Obispo County

Visit SloCal

SloCal, get it. It’s San Luis Obispo County (SLO Cal) CVB, but Slow Cal, like you can slow down and enjoy life… the cowboy and connoisseur thing. Clever. For help with finding some other ideas, go to www.slocal.com. They want to help.

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

Book Production; Print and eBook, Design, coding, Marketing and building Audiences.

Breakaway Tours DMC - Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Wine Country

Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Wine Country they’ve been doing it there for 22 years. They know everyone They are really nice. Want to have a dinner in a winery, or at Hearst Castle, or do tours, tastings… need transportation, team building… creativity… they have a great reputation and so… check them out. www.breakaway-tours.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

Book Production; Print and eBook, Design, coding, Marketing and building Audiences.

Feastly, Meeting and event planners can coordinate the chef, venue and menu...

THIS IS A GOOD IDEA SO I AM WRITING ABOUT IT

At the risk of great embarrassment by me saying I just stumbled upon this by accident and everyone else saying, “what, you are only just hearing about this now?”, I want to tell you about eatfeastly.com. You are one of the other three people who have also been missing out? Here goes…

Some background… I live on Russian Hill in San Francisco (to paraphrase Salvador Dali, the best neighborhood in the best city in the world). My wife was walking past our recently defunct corner café and noticed someone working inside. One of the infinite number of reasons I love her is she will talk to anybody about anything, anytime. She went in and asked what was going on and was told that our neighborhood would be the site of the next Feastly. And so...

To be clear, they are not restaurants.

To paraphrase them,”Feastly is an online marketplace for great chefs to do their own thing. It creates a social dining network for individuals in cities across the country, creating new culinary experiences for adventurous diners while giving chefs a creative and profitable outlet.”

In non-marketing speak, that means chefs from every style and cuisine (they currently work with about 200 in San Francisco) will create a menu for a one-time event and then sell a limited number of tickets to the public. They may be trying out a new menu for their restaurant, or just want to break out into something new, or they are an up-and-comer and want to create a following… whatever.

And here’s why I am writing about it.

Private events are a big part of Feastly.  Meeting and event planners can coordinate the chef, venue and menu, creating dinners and classes for your group.  You could tell them that you want French, Peruvian, Hawaiian-Filipino Fusion, Japanese, Asian Fusion Tapas, a Middle Eastern Vegan brunch, Macaroni and Cheese (presumably) and really everything else under the Sun. Every style, every ethnicity. They can find the best chef to fit exactly what you want… or it can work the other way… you tell them the date and they will tell you who is available and the chefs expertise… or something in the middle of all that.

Depending on the particular Feastly venue you choose, they can do up to 50 seated guests or a reception for 80. Your attendees can hang with the chef, ask questions (or not), eat really good food and get loud without having to worry about those other “people” in the restaurant. Another cool thing… you can bring your own wine if you want (or buy or through them).

At the moment they have four locations in San Francisco, two in Los Angeles, and will soon have one in Portland. Eventually, the world.

Check them out at https://eatfeastly.com/

 

 

 

 

PRODUCTION ALLIANCE NETWORK

San Francisco based Production Alliance Network (PAN), a new venture combining a pre-exisiting Conference Management company (The Host group but not the one you are thinking of) with several Full-Service Production, Lighting and Audio-Visual divisions. Forget all the old names (except for their client lists and experience), and just think PAN.
 
Why do I like them?
 
I think of them as the New Old Kids on the Block (or the Old New Kids). The two principals, Kyle Edwards and Stefan Gosiewski have arm-length resume’s going back 35-40 years, each with their own specialties. Together they provide something unique.

Kyle has been producing and managing corporate events for just about every major company you can think of… meetings, trade shows, conferences, conventions, incentives… you name it… and understands both the Branding Thing and the Budget Thing (combined with the Service Thing… never say no, provide options).

Stefan’s experience goes back to England in the 70’s where he pioneered the introduction of video in the London Club Scene, and then on to New York where he installed the first video system in Club 54. His resume’ includes producing all sorts of festivals, concerts (Elton John’s 60th Bday – just one example), films, commercials, and lots of other cool stuff. What do they bring to the table? They bring the two worlds together… combining everything Stefan knows from the festival, concert and film world with Kyle’s experience with the special Branding and service requirements of the Corporate World. In addition, they work with all of the top vendors (and I mean top) in all of those specialties and can combine the technologies and techniques of one with the other.

They also have the latest equipment and actually are a rental source for a lot of other AVProduction companies. Their San Francisco warehouse and showroom is crammed with “stuff”, and they have equipment stored in five major US cities.

And they are really nice guys.

 

 

GLOBAL DMC PARTNERS

Global DMC Partners (www.globaldmcpartners.com

Ready for this? This is a network of the top DMCs in 151 different destinations. Yes, I said 151. So consider this (and IVI and Platinum) as Cool Online Resources that I am happy to share.

I mean… first you should just ask me and I will hook you up… but if you don’t ever want to interact with me (occasionally that happens), you can check them out directly, pick a destination and submit an RFP online. One of their regional sales people will contact you, go over your RFP asking questions and making suggestions, and then connect you directly with their DMC member in any (or all) of their destinations. Presumably you would not want to check all 151 destinations at the same time, but I will let them deal with that if it comes up. :)

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

Book Production; Print and eBook, Design, coding, Marketing and building Audiences.

IVI DMC2 ENTERPRISES

IVI DMC2 ENTERPRISES (www.ividmc.com)

Jose Manuel Garcia (Sr.), IVI’s founder and self-styled visionary, is one of those iconic industry personalities that you owe it to yourself to meet someday. He started the original biz in Cancun back in 1986, and has expanded over the years with offices serving 40 cities in 13 Latin American countries (and I think a 14th country is on the way). Having grown up in the business, his son, Jose-Manuel (Manolo) Garcia has taken over as President to run things day to day, but the senior JMG is still (very much) doing the visionary thing.

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Why do I recommend them other than that they have never let me down? If you check out their web site you will see they have all of that accreditation, liability and insurance stuff, plus a thirty-year history with a great client list. That doesn’t happen by being bad at what they do.

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

Book Production; Print and eBook, Design, coding, Marketing and building Audiences.

PLATINUM DMC COLLECTION

PLATINUM DMC COLLECTION (www.platinumdmc.com)

Colleen Abernathy, Platinum DMCs founder is also one of those industry “folks” that have been in and around the DMC Universe since the beginning (note- she is younger than me). Colleen does not own and operate a particular DMC, but is the US based representative for the best of the best DMCs in 31 Countries (and no, I am not going to list them all here). If you visit their web site and see that they have a DMC in the country you want, you can rest assured it is a good one.

Send Colleen a message and she will not only get back to you right away, she’ll put together the RFP, get it to her people, ride herd on them so they get an answer to you right away, and then stick with you the whole time to make sure everyone is happy. She’s good that way.